Good try but just not enough tries

Sheffield 42 Morpeth 8 North One East

MORPETH competed well for most of the match against high-flying Sheffield, but a burst of tries in the second half saw the hosts run away with it and secure a bonus point.

Sheffield got off to a good start with a penalty through fly-half Mark Ireland on four minutes and he then scored a superb individual try.

His successful conversion made it 10-0.

The visitors came back strongly and were rewarded for some positive and aggressive play with a penalty after 19 minutes, which James Phillips kicked between the posts.

Both sides lost possession when trying to add to their score in the next 20 minutes, although another three points from the boot of Ireland made it 13-3 at half-time.

Good defence from Morpeth prevented the home side from touching down early in the second half, but a penalty was conceded at a scrum which Alex Hill despatched with ease.

Sheffield now looked much the stronger of the two sides and with 12 minutes of the half gone it was flanker Martin Balshaw who was able to score a try from a driving maul in the centre of the pitch. This was converted (23-3).

Further scores from Danny Williams, Gareth Morley and Balshaw, with two of the three being converted, put the game beyond doubt.

At least Morpeth did not wilt and they had a decent spell of pressure when a Sheffield prop was sent to the sin bin.

Matty Dawson scored a try with six minuted remaining, but despite further attacks they could not get another, so the final score remained 42-8.

Morpeth will look to get back to winning ways in the semi finals of the County Cup away to Alnwick on Friday evening.